Technology Education Know-How

Helping Teachers Teach with Technology

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Here is an awesome collection of pictures from Time Life. http://images.google.com/hosted/life
These pictures capture some of the forgotten moments in our History. There are millions of images dating as far back as 1750 that you and your students have access to. These are images that LIFE took but never published, yet they capture such rich snippets of history.

As an automobile enthusiast this picture of the first Rolls Royce car from 1903 sure captured my eye.

The first Rolls Royce from 1903

The First Rolls Royce in 1903

I sure could have used this when I was a student and writing those papers about cars. What about that student that you have that just lives for sports? Here is a picture of Muhammad Ali raising his gloves victoriously after knocking out Oscar Bonavena in 1971.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali in 1971

This resource can be used for many lessons in history, writing, math and even science as you look at how technology has changed over time. Technology should not just be about computers but all innovations.

You can use these images as writing prompts as they compare and contrast the there and then to the here and now or they can write about what it must have been like during those days working on the big oil derricks and no A/C to come home to.

Oil in 1943

Oil in 1943

Often our students hear about walking to school in the snow, uphill and barefooted. Now they can see the picture.

Snow at School

Snow at School

OK, so they were not barefooted but most people that tell that story never went barefooted either. 😉

The ways you can use photography, images and historical photos is endless. The good part is that they can be used in every subject area. Leave a comment letting me and others know how you used the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.

137 Years of Popular Science Magazine is Archived with Google

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Popular Science Magazine has partnered with Google to host 137 years of POPSCI archives.   http://www.popsci.com/archives Popular Science magazine could be and is a great resource for research projects in education.

As a student in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s education wasn’t very individualized. I was often forced to read and study the same exact thing as everyone else.  Well… this just didn’t work for me.  I had no interest in whether or not PUG could run, jump or chase Jane or Ted.  But yes, at an early age I had an interest in technology, science, but mostly how those things worked.  Oh yea, I also had a love for cars!  The funny thing is, all of my teachers knew it but never tapped into this love or interest.  If they had I believe my success in education could have been much different.

Many of my teachers thought I needed to be self medicated, but in when it all came down I just needed to be self educated!  I needed my teachers to tap into my interest.  I would sit in class all day thinking about school ending so I could go work in my dad’s shop. I wanted to get my hands dirty, figure out how things worked, fix stuff, install radios, change oil, build model cars, work on my go cart, etc.  But never, not one time did any of my teachers bring in a set of gears to teach me how my bike worked, never brought in a magazine or book that talked about how leavers worked in a braking system on a car. Now THAT would have changed my outlook on education.

To this day I could tell you that I probably haven’t completed 10 fiction books over my entire life.  I can actually remember 3.  C.L.U.T.Z , Runaway Ralph ,  The Mouse and the Motorcycle .  I even knew when I went to the Book Mobile (You young wiper snappers can find out what that is here.) that I wanted books about my interests Robots and motorcycles.  Why my teachers couldn’t figure it out I’ll never know.

These magazine archives could very well offer some of your students an opportunity to read, study and learn from their interest.  Popular Science Magazine covers a vast variety of topics.  So, I encourage you to tap into your students interests and allow them to flourish.  Remember, their education isn’t about you, it’s about them!

I hope that you find this resource helpful.  Please leave comments of how you intend on using it with your students.

Google’s History Video Archives

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

This weeks Tech Tip is for the Social Studies Teacher.  You will find that Google has partnered with the NARA to digitize 104 films of history.  You will find them on the Google page http://video.google.com/nara.html

I took a look at one of the news reels from D-Day and it was amazing looking at this time in history as it happened.Teachers can use this public domain data by allowing students to view the content as it was in history.  How powerful could this be?! 

You will find clips from NASA, War News Reels, and the Department of Interior.  The Department of Interior video about the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1936 was awesome!  I loved seeing the old machinery working as I gained a new appreciation for the advancement of Technology today. 

I think you will find this a great tool for teaching history and giving students an opportunity to view history through the eyes of the people that lived it.  

Note: I do advise; preview each clip before you show it to your students.  Some things just shouldn’t be seen by certain age groups.